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'Human rights are being violated' of workers at Human Rights Commission

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LIMITATION OF COMMISSIONS
The Commission began its journey on September 1, 2008 with the promulgation of the National Human Rights Commission Ordinance, 2007. The National Human Rights Commission Act was enacted in 2009. In June 2010, the commission started its operations fully.

Currently, the sixth commission is functioning, which starts from 10 December 2022. According to the demand of this commission of about 80 manpower, the government releases the allocation every three months.

Since 2011, the National Human Rights Commission belongs to the B category of related organizations under the United Nations. Previously this classification was done by the International Coordinating Committee for National Human Rights Institutions (ICC). It was later taken over by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANRI).

The then ICC cited certain limitations of the Commission as the reason for the classification as B. These are the appointment of high-level officials from the government, including the secretary of the commission. Financial independence of the commission and not having its own secretariat. Working under Ministry of Law. The appointment of commissioners rests exclusively with the government.

According to a report published by The Asian NGO's Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) in November last year, the National Human Rights Commission scored the second lowest among 11 countries in terms of its role in the protection and development of human rights. Out of total 44 scores, the commission got 17.25.

According to the ANNI report, the Human Rights Commission lacks the courage to hold the government accountable for suppressing dissent and curtailing freedom of expression. The Commission has also played little role in human rights violations by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). The commission's powers to investigate complaints against law enforcement agencies are limited.

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